Meeting to focus on new school standards

News-DemocratAugust 23, 2013 

A public meeting to discuss Illinois' adoption of new school curriculum standards called the Common Core will be held Saturday in Collinsville.

"Exposing Common Core" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Revive Church at 1105 Beltline Drive. The event will feature speakers and presentations from Truth in Education, Missouri Against Common Core, the Illinois Freedom Coalition and the Illinois Family Institute.

Common Core State Standards have been adopted by more than 40 states, including Illinois, in an effort to raise learning standards in schools. The standards are expected to outline exactly what students should learn in English language arts and math at each grade level to be ready for college and careers. Common Core is designed to determine what teachers teach at each grade level. It was adopted by Illinois in 2010 and will be implemented in schools during the 2013-14 school year.

"Though Illinois public schools have been ordered by the Illinois Department of Education to begin implementing Common Core in the public schools, little is really known about the program -- even by Illinois legislators (who did not approve the program), teachers and administrators--and certainly not parents," said Beth Halas of the Illinois Freedom Coalition. "The public really needs to know the truth about the major changes this will bring to our schools and families if implementation continues in Illinois."

Speakers will discuss the undetermined cost of Common Core as well as the impact on public, private and parochial schools as well as on homeschooling families.

A question and answer session will be held after the presentations.

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